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soaring zone population. owners will soon have to register. and the sounds of growing harmony betwtwn cuba and the united states. >> this is captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "c"s evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: today president obama revealed that the dozens of special operations commandos he ordered into syria are now on the ground and have begun to work with local forces fighting isis, or as he prefers to call the group, isil. here was the president at the pentagon today. >> the point is isil lead kearse -- leaders canno hide, and our next message to them is simple: you are next. >> p pley: mr. obamamaaid he is accelerating the war in syria and iraq after isis bombed a russian jetliner, directed the attack in paris and inspired another in san bernardino. tonight we have a rare look at what u.s. forces are facing. charlie d'agata linked up with
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his story begins in@ iraq. >>eporter: evenn when colonel badal bandi told us his forces face isis attacks every day, we didn't expect this would be one of them, until he showed us where threeee suicide car bombers tried to charge their outpost at dawn. his soldiers shot the drivers dead before they detonated their bomb, but the car bombs remained no more thann 50 yards away. [explosion] here on the front line, the bomb squad is a 50-caliber gunner. first went up in a plume of smoke. he then opened up on the car in the ditch, the one much closer to us. we watched until he finally made a direct hit. [explosion] the massive explosion blew
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filled a bunker with choking dust. that noiseses debrisrom the bomb and wreckage from the car that came crashing down. everybody's ears were ringing, but no one was hurt. hours later, we crossed into syria where rebel commander talal ali selo gave us a grim picture of just how many suicide missions they've&seen. can you give me an idea, how many have you had to face in thehe past month? "42 car and truck bombers," he sa, "three on motorcycles and four suicide bombers on foot." this week three car bombs killed 28 people. the colonel told us the town had run out of sugar stork get past in trucks delivering sugar. you went to the funeral today. what are people there telling you?
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ad," he told us, "and they want us to makeure this doesn't happen again." the colonel told us although they stopped most attacks, scott, it's hard to stop them all because isis is constantly changing tactics. th never know when they're gogog totrike, and they seem to have an unlimited supply of suicide bombers. >> pelley: charlie d'agata on the battlefield, thanks. there's also apparently an unlimited supplier of followers coming from the west. so today the white house is reviewing how immigrants are screened. one of the terrorists who killed 14n california wrote online two years ago of her desire for jihad. then she got an american visa. jeff pegues has more. >>@reporter: when tashfeen malik applied for a fiancnc visa in 2014,he had her name and face checked against terror watch lists, but whether she posted radical views on social media was not checked.
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ran t t state department's program to counter isis online. >> nowadays every company that hires is looking through your social media. >> yes. >> reporter: should the government be doing more? >> this is the crazy thing about this debate. you would think that people who are trying to come to the united states to live in the united states, a privilege that most people don't have, would actually have that scrutiny. >> reporter: the department of homeland security says it began three pilotrograms in 2014 to examine whether screening social media was consistent with current laws and privacy protections. today government officials dismissed allegations homeland security secretary jeh johnson delayed the implementation of new rules because of p plic relations concerns,. a review of the policy is under way. since the attack, some members of congress have been demanding changes to the visa screening system.
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>> and have they checked now tashfeen malik a little more, maybe she wouldn't have gotten a visa >> reporter: even one of the country's largest muslim organizations is not against increased social media scrutiny. ibrahim cooper is with the council on american islamic relations. >> measures that target only one faith group, only one ethnic group or peoe from a a certain nationon origin, that raises concern, and it's also counterproductive to our nation's security. >> reporter: last year there were more than 460,000 visas issued. scott, there are concerns that adding a layer of social media scrutiny could delay the process, hurting tourism and business. >> pelley: jeff pegues in washington. jeff, thanan. today donald trump's physician said the republican candidate would be, and this is a quote, "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency."
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of 110/65 astonishingly excellent, but even that trumpian hyperbole couldn't help with other numbers today that aren't so healthy.. seven weekek before the caucuses, trump trails ted cruz in iowa by ten points. here's major garrett. >> we're doing really well. iowa's been amazing. >> reporter: donald trump is no longer winning in iowa. the "des moines register"/bloomberg politics po is one of two in`the last week to show ted cruz on top. the third poll out today has trump andd cruz tied. faced with adversity, trump is now attacking cruz. >> i don't think he has the right temperant. i don't think he's got the right judgment. >> reporter: tough. mocked cruz's frequent clashes with g.o.p. leaders, most memorablely when he triggered the 2013 government shutdown in a futile attempt to end obamacare. >> y y look at thehe way he's dealt with the senate, where he goes in there like, frankly like a little bit of a maniac.
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done that way. >> reporter: cruzonsiders the shutdown a demonstration of zeal among gop establishmentty mid-ty, but cruz, ever wary of aggravated trump supporters, did not argue the point. instead he posted this throwback video of the movie "flash dance," dedicated, cruz said, to maniacs everywhere. trump and cruz's bat until iowa has come at the expense of former leader ben carson. he told an iowa radio show he's fallen behind as terrorism has become a top campaign issue. tomorrow night's debate will give carson a chance to turn the tide on foreign policy. marco rubio, whose november rise
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stalled, is also in need of esh momentum. scsct, rubio is still best positioned as the republican alternative should voters want one, to trump, cruz and carson. >> pelley: major garrett not in venice b b in vegas. major, thanks very much. today the army said that bowe bergdahl will be courtmartialed for desertion and endangering his fellow troops. bergdahlhlas a taliban prisoner for five years after he walked away from his post in afghanistan. he was swapped last year for five prisoners at guantanamo. an army hearing officer had recommended no jail time, but bergdahl now, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. it was three years ago today that a gunman opened fire at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut, killing 20 first graders and six adults. vice president biden tweeted,d,
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estimated 555 children have been killed by guns in america. it is shameful tha congressp has not a@ted." as the nation continues to debate gun laws and access to mental health care, newtown parents are reminding us of the urgency. and here's michelle miller. >> we gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children. >> reporter: when the numbers became names -- >> charlotte, daniel... >> reporter: --and the names became face, suddenly they were america's children. 20 first graders gunned down in their classrooms along with their teacher. >> it's always 12:14. it is always the last day that they went to school. that's never going to change. >> reporter: but something had to change for nicole hawkly, who lost her six-year-old son dylan. >> ts is about not accepting this.
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and say, these shootings happen. >> reporter: together with other newtown parents, she helped found sandy hook promise, a grouou working to prevent gun violence. >> i ask still feel him. i can smell him. i can hear his little voice. >> reporter: mark barde also lostis six-year-old son daniel. >> in almost every onenef these mass shootings, there are signs and signals. there are opportunities to intervene to stop that continuum before it leads to tragedy. >> r rorter: together theyey travel the c cntry teaeaing others how to respond to those signs. they call it the say something campaign. if you see someone at risk, say something. that training worked recently in cincinnati when a student reported somomne plotting an attack. >> reporter: the whole thing was stopped and diffused. >> oh, yeah. >> i burst into tears. >> it was overwhelming.
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potentially saved lives, that means something. >> reporter: and so does sweeping gun legislation they helped nass connecticut two ars ago. it expands the been on assault weapons and limits the number of rounds per magazine. but the campaign has had its setbacks. with the defeat of a bill two years ago that would have closed loopholes in background checec for gun buyers. >> a lot of people say, if it didn't happen with newtown, when will it happen?% >> it is happening. >> sandy hook was the start. it was a catalyst for change. it's too late for us, but there's a lot of other positive change for this country that will come. >> reporter: change that will keep a promise to the children of sandy hook. michelle miller, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: we have been bringing you a variety of
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violence, from gun rights to gun control. tonight we continue our series, voices against v vlence. >> i'm tom farley, the former health commissioner for new york city, and now the chief executive officer from an organization called the public good. let me put the problem of gun violence into perspective. think of the most horrific mass shootings in american history. newtown, 26 people killed, virginia tech, 32 people killed, and we lose that many people to gun violence every day in america. an average dayay in america, 31 people are killed with gun homicides, and 58 people shoot themselves with guns. this isn't just a law enforcement problem, but it's a public health problem. homicides and suicicis are the number-two and number-three causes of death in young people and teenagers in america today. those people aren't being killed with viruses. they're being killed for the most part by bullets. the gun is, after all mark sheen, a mechanical object that causes injuries, like a car, and
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have dropped by more than half in 1980 by a public health approach with safer highways and safer car design. we can t te a public health approach to design safer guns and put in other public health policies to reduce gun deaths, as well. we need a much more thorough process for background checks. you can undergo a more thorough vetting if you want to adopt a cat from a shelter. if you can reduce the number of guns in america, we can prevent an awful lot o those shootings. >> pelley: former new york city health commissssner tom farlrl. if a drone is on your shopping list, there's something you need to do before it takes off when the "cbs evening news" continues. i use whatats already inside me to reach my goals. so i liked when my doctor told me i may reach my blood sugar and a1c goals by activating what's within me. with once-weekly trulicity. trulicity is not insulin. it helps activate my body to do what it's supposed to do
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>> pelley: today president obama said he is very interested in visiting cuba but not until cubans are given more freedom. it was one year ago this s ek that the u u. began restoring diplomatic ties that were severed half a century ago. and dean reynolds tells us that has led to a musical breakthrouou. >> reporter: for this ensemble of young, cuban jazz musician, better relations with the united states sound like this. performing for the first time on american soil at chicago's theater,4-year-old conductor ernesto lima says there is a
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what i i it specifically about jazz? >> well, the improvisation is freedom of the music. >> reporter: so improvisation isisreedom. >> yes, i think so. >> reporter: their concert with a year in the making, and the dream of the chicago jazz philharmonic's artistic director orbert davis. >> we have to think about the people, the musicians, the culture. music is everybody and it's wha they value. if they can trust us wit that, they'll l ust us with other thinin. >> reporter: we first met davis and these students a year ago in havana. 21-year-old wendy galvez has been playing violin since she was seven. >> billie holiday, ella fitzgerald, those are my god >> reporter: wendy, ernesto and the rest of the students
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residue of jazz left over from america before the castro revolution still echoes through the instruments. dizzy gillespieie 1947 "manteca" is one of the best examples of the two nation's musical collaboration before fidel castro closed jazz halls and took over clubs like the famous tropicana. the u.s. embargo that followed created another challenge. you don't have the best-quality instruments. >> no, because we don't produce instruments in cuba. stradivarius? >> no. >> reporter: which made their performance on this night all the more remarkable. do you think muse sick a universal language. >> yes, if you don't know how the speak english, when you are everything.
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is no language barrier. dean reynolds, cbs news, chicago. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. cbs 2 news, no snow.why some are banking on a white christmas while others rejoice in the lack of fresh powder. powder.then ...celebration for the terry branstad plans to mark a staggering record, not touched by anyone else. else. this is the final full week before christmas and the unseasonably warm temperatures have many wondering, what's up? up?all the precipitation seems to be falling as rain.most cities across the area have picked up anywhere in the range of one to four inches this past thehe holiliy moves closer, the chances for a white christmas
5:59 pm 2 news reporter mellaney moore reports on how this is both good *and bad. bad. these are the trucks you would usually see on our state highways and interstates, but they're not out right now, they're in this garage because we dont have`any snow.for the iowa department of transportation, that's saving them money, but for others, it's not bringing money in. in.they may be named forevergreen, but this business needs some white too. too. the white does translate to4 green for ia year- round operation from spring plantiti to christmas trees and then snow removal. removal. most years we would be snow plowing anywhere between three to five times in november and december ner lucy hershbererr says she would rather have her 20 snow removal employees busy with these trucks. trucks. typically our snow plowing crews will go out or between twelve and fifteen hours with ery snowfall and we have between 40 and 50 snowplow if accounts so it really does make a pretty significant


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